A documentary film by José Bautista / Altamar, co-directed with Alfons Rodríguez.
One hundred years have passed since the Czarist regime was overthrown by the Russian Revolution of 1917. Yet one hundred and thirteen years have gone by since the Trans-Siberian railway line was inaugurated: almost 10.000 km from Moscow down to eastern Asian Vladivostok bordering the Sea of Japan. In this enormous geographic and human context overlapped by current Russian social fabric, the authors of this independent documentary film lead us through simple, melancholic, mundane or dramatic stories using the train as a metaphor. In essence: the journey through Life itself.
An intimate, epic voyage in which the directors do not intend to thoroughly map modern day Russian society but to paint a much more subtle landscape of personal experiences drawn from the people they encounter daily. These are the protagonists of this incredible adventure describing fragments of their past and present lives and guessing at what the future may hold for them. They speak directly to the camera, reaching out to the spectator, sharing their joys and sorrows. All this takes place in the Russian taiga during a harsh and bitter Siberian winter. Nothing else except the forests and the occasional villages and cities in the middle of nowhere.
The Sleeping Land (La Tierra Dormida) is an ode to daily routine, an evocative litany and at the same time a desperate attempt to update and clarify our perception of unknown everyday Siberian issues as well as those of these far and remote eastern regions. This land has always been part of the authors’ travelling imagery for as long as they can remember. A sleeping frozen land waiting for the icy sting to pass, breaking the glacial silence that accompanies it…